Daily Archives: April 22, 2011

A beautiful way to recycle maps and other old paper

Can be seen here (from the great blog, Thought for Food)

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How Obama will pivot off the GOP preoccupation with the national debt

Can likely be seen in this chart:

No doubt the Republicans will argue it another way, but if you are Obama, I am guessing he is going to argue for dropping the Bush tax cuts for people making over $250K, adding some sort of surtax for the Affordable Care Act, and try to shut down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For more on this, and the graph, see: The 3-Word Phrase That Signals Obama’s Intentions on Taxes – Joshua Green – Politics – The Atlantic

Simply delicious: Tomato Sauce by Michael Ruhlman

Why should you make your own? Easy:

“50% more sauce, 50% of the cost, 100% more pleasure.”

Make something simple and delicious. Make this.

(Delicious photo of tomato sauce from the photostream of Aelle
(See photo for Creative Commons rights)

Applying the four laws of simplicity when almost everything is essential

Over at zenhabits.net are the Four Laws of Simplicity, and How to Apply Them to Life.
First, the laws themselves:

1. Collect everything in one place.
2. Choose the essential.
3. Eliminate the rest.
4. Organize the remaining stuff neatly and nicely.

Second, you can see how to apply them the zenhabits way by reading their article.
Third, you may find after reading that that it is harder than it appears. If so, here are some approaches to deal with this.

One approach to the “almost everything is essential” problem: get rid of big items. For example:

1. Collect everything in one place but do it on a piece of paper. Group essential things together. You can sketch this out: don’t try to list everything.
2. Choose the essential. Since everything is essential (you think), work hard at putting some big things in the non-essential pile. Go for things that take up alot of space, or take alot of time to manage. It may not be many things, but it could make a big difference.
3. Eliminate the rest. You know what to do.
4. Organize the remaining stuff neatly and nicely. Having gotten rid of those big items, you should have room now.

Another approach to the “almost everything is essential” problem: get rid of duplicate items. For every item you have multiples of, pick one of them to be essential and get rid of the rest.

A third approach is to either deep store or lend out items. When you do, write down on a list somewhere what you dealt with this way. You will likely find in six months or a year you haven’t missed them.

A fourth approach is keep like things together. That way, if you cannot get rid of things this time, at least when you eventually have to, you have already achieved the first step of having everything in one place. Also, you likely will find from the way you use things that some things you use all the time are essential and other things are not since you never use them.

A fifth approach to eliminating things is to say: how hard/expensive would it be to replace a certain item? If the cost is negligible for you, get rid of it. Better yet, lend it out, give it as a gift, recycle it into something else.